USING Luvale as a language of instruction in schools is not welcome in my chiefdom, says Senior Chief Ishindi of the Lunda-speaking people in Zambezi district.
Senior Chief Ishindi said he would not allow Luvale language to be used in schools on the east bank of the Zambezi River.
He said the continued use of the language in schools in his chiefdom was unacceptable.
The traditional ruler said he had to this effect asked education authorities not to implement the curriculum.
He has since asked those opposing the Lunda language as the only language of instruction in schools in his area to take their children elsewhere where they could learn in Luvale.
Senior Chief Ishindi was speaking yesterday during a Lunda Lubanza ceremony planning meeting at Zambezi Boarding School. He stated that the Lunda Lubanza royal establishment will soon embark on the village registration exercise as part of getting rid of what he termed as intruders in his chiefdom.
But provincial permanent secretary Amos Malupenga, who attended the meeting, urged the royal establishment to reflect on the call by President Edgar Lungu to promote unity in diversity in the country.
Since Government implemented the use of local languages as languages of instruction in schools, parents on the east bank in Zambezi district have opposed the use of Luvale language in schools which is predominantly spoken on the west bank.